46 days in North Island Itinerary

46 days in North Island Itinerary

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Waiheke Island
— 5 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 4 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
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Rotorua
— 8 nights
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Wellington
— 7 nights
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New Plymouth
— 2 nights
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Kerikeri
— 5 nights
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Whangarei
— 2 nights
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Auckland
— 6 nights

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Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island ©

Island of Wine

Head to Waiheke Island, a place of white sandy beaches, palm trees, great wine, and relaxation, just 35 minutes off the coast of Auckland.
Waiheke Island is known for wineries, adventure, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Connells Bay Sculpture Park, trot along with a tour on horseback, see the interesting displays at Whittaker's Musical Museum, and sample the tasty concoctions at Wild on Waiheke.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Waiheke Island trip planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Waiheke Island is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 11 hours traveling from Zurich to Waiheke Island. Traveling from Zurich in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Waiheke Island: highs are around 22°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Waiheke Island

Wineries · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Stonyridge Vineyard ©
Stonyridge Vineyard
Connells Bay Sculpture Park ©
Connells Bay Sculpture Park
Whittaker's Musical Museum ©
Whittaker's Musical Museum

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Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves ©
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Waitomo Caves: Hamilton (Hamilton Zoo & Hamilton Gardens). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, get your game on at Kiwiana Leisure Park, experience rural life at Roselands Farm Park, and get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves day trip tool.

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Waiheke Island to Waitomo Caves in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, train, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens
Hamilton Zoo ©
Hamilton Zoo

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Go for a jaunt from Tongariro National Park to Ohakune to see Waitonga Falls Walk Trailhead about 1h 20 min away. On the 10th (Fri), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's lots more to do: hike along Horsemtrails, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu, and get outside with Edge to Edge.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park trip planner.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu

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Rotorua

Rotorua

Sulphur City

Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera), Taupo (Huka Prawn Park & Huka Falls Walkway) and Mount Maunganui (Mount Maunganui Base Track & Mount Maunganui Summit Track). Next up on the itinerary: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, and delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip planner.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In November in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Zipline

7
nights
Wellington

Wellington

Harbour Capital

Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
Wellington is known for museums, wildlife, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, and take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Rotorua in November, plan for little chillier days in Wellington, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

2
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New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): go for a walk through New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, then step off the mainland to explore Paritutu Rock, and then don't miss a visit to Clock Tower. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Taranaki Cathedral, Church of St Mary, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Pukekura Park, then meet the residents at Brooklands Zoo, and finally admire the natural beauty at Pukeiti.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the New Plymouth travel app.

Getting from Wellington to New Plymouth by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kerikeri.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway
Pukeiti ©
Pukeiti

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Kerikeri

Kerikeri ©
Kerikeri, the largest town in Northland New Zealand, is a popular tourist destination about three hours drive north of Auckland, and 80 km north of the northern region's largest city, Whangarei. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kerikeri: Russell (South Sea Art, Christ Church, &more). The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kerikeri holiday planning site.

Traveling by flight from New Plymouth to Kerikeri takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Whangarei.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Whangarei

Whangarei ©
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Change things up with a short trip to Ocean Beach in Whangarei Heads (about 42 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Bream Head Coast Walks, explore the gorgeous colors at Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at Adventure Forest, and take in nature's colorful creations at Whangarei Quarry Gardens.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Whangarei tour website.

Traveling by car from Kerikeri to Whangarei takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Adventure Forest ©
Adventure Forest
Whangarei Quarry Gardens ©
Whangarei Quarry Gardens

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Auckland

Auckland ©

City of Sails

The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, go for a stroll along the water at Viaduct Harbour, and contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Auckland route maker website.

You can drive from Whangarei to Auckland in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Tours · Nature · Wineries
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Viaduct Harbour ©
Viaduct Harbour

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